With that background, along with his plethora of opinions issued on the federal bench, legal analysts have speculated he would become a firm member of the conservative wing of the court, tilting its ideological balance for at least a generation. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice. Those included a number of high-profile cases, including same-sex marriage and upholding a woman's right to an abortion.
He added: "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". She's a law professor. Raymond Kethledge is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit who has been dubbed "Gorsuch 2.0". But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him. Kavanaugh in 2009 changed his tune on the Starr probe, arguing that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.
This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the USA for a generation after he leaves office.
Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.
In many ways it's a lose-lose political situation for Democrats like Manchin and Heitkamp, because a yes vote for Kavanaugh, while appeasing Republicans in their home states, would infuriate the party's liberal base.
Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.
Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. Kennedy will retire at the end of July after serving since February 1988.
"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen.
In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".
In picking the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his first 18 months as president.
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen. As an outsider candidate, people wanted to know who he might put on the Supreme Court, particularly since there was an open seat on the court for the next president to fill, which is rare.
Over the weekend, it looked like Judge Kavanaugh's star may have been fading, that perhaps he had too-close ties to the Bush family for Mr Trump's liking.
Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.
He said Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon Monday. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee.
Meanwhile, liberal groups like NARAL Pro-Choice, Protect our Care and Demand Justice are pouring millions into ad campaigns of their own, drawing attention to what a conservative-leaning justice might mean for abortion rights, in particular.
Other controversial topics include net neutrality and the judge's belief that criminal investigations should not involve active presidents, a clear problem for some lawmakers amid Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation.
Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.
The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one.
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